Finding Confidence & Purpose
In school, I always identified myself as the nerdy kid, or the kid that was never good at sport, and I got picked on for it. I was bullied, but thankfully never physically hurt.
As I grew older, I realised that I wanted to improve myself. I would often exercise and try to be as active as possible. I even started boxing and other martial arts which led to a new-found confidence in myself.
When my cousin Kyle was 12 years old, he was mugged by older kids on the way home from school. This involved a physical assault and theft of money and valuables. Luckily he and the friends who were with him, weren’t seriously injured. However, the incident really affected Kyle. He was scared to walk to and from school, scared of other people, and scared of the world.
I took Kyle with me to a boxing class. Naturally, he was slightly averse to it, but I did everything that I could to encourage him to attend.
Slowly but surely, I witnessed my cousin grow from being scared of the world, to being more confident in himself. He trained hard and eventually started attending classes independently. He even started taking other martial arts classes and trained for competitions.
For Kyle, the training was never about violence or revenge. It was about developing the realisation that he had inner strength. He was capable, and that was something he could build on.
Years on, he has grown from a scared little boy, into a confident young man.
I completed an instructor course in Krav Maga. Just like I found my self-confidence, I want to be able to help other people find the confidence in themselves just like I did through martial arts.